President, AMG Vanadium
Mr. Thomas (Tom) Centa is the President of AMG Vanadium, after having joined AMG V in May 2018 as Executive Vice President. Mr. Centa brings with him over 30 years of experience in the metals industry and has a passion for leadership development. Prior to joining AMG Vanadium, Mr. Centa held executive leadership positions at Plymouth Tube Company, Alcoa, and North Star Steel. Mr. Centa holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and an Executive MBA from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Centa is currently serving on the Board of Directors of Vanitec Limited, a not-for-profit global vanadium industry organization.
Senior Vice President, AMG Vanadium
Ms. Jane Neal is the Senior Vice President of AMG Vanadium and leads the Environmental, Safety, Quality, and Vanadium Sourcing teams. She has over 25 years of manufacturing experience in quality, engineering and process control, operational leadership, and environmental management. Prior to joining AMG Vanadium, Ms. Neal held technical and operational leadership roles at Weirton Steel, Roll Coater in Weirton, WV, and Nucor’s Crawfordsville, Indiana Plant. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Metallurgical Engineering from The Ohio State University and an MBA from West Virginia University. Ms. Neal is a member and past chair of the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association Board of Directors and on the Health, Safety, and Environmental Committee of Vanitec, a not-for-profit global vanadium industry organization.
Senior Vice President Corporate Development for AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group
Kevin Jones serves as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group. A seasoned leader in the metals industry, Mr. Jones brings 35 years of executive leadership experience in the vanadium business. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Florida and a MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.
Vice President of Finance, AMG Vanadium
Mr. Shawn Buchtel is the Vice President of Finance for AMG Vanadium. Prior to joining AMG Vanadium, Mr. Buchtel was the Controller for Ametek Solidstats Controls. He is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 25 years’ experience. He is a graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting. Shawn serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce and the Western Guernsey Regional Water District.
Vice President of Operations, AMG Vanadium
Mr. Chris Keller is the Vice President of Operations of AMG Vanadium, accountable for leading overall business operations and performance at the Company’s Cambridge and Zanesville facilities. Additionally, Mr. Keller leads AMG Vanadium’s Continuous Improvement and Process Engineering teams and Lean initiatives. Prior to joining AMG Vanadium, Mr. Keller held both operational and technical leadership roles during his nearly 25-year career in the metals industry. Most recently, he served as Plant Manager at Novelis’ Ashville, Ohio facility, after having been a Technical Manager at Aleris Rolled Products in Ashville. A native of southeastern Ohio, Mr. Keller is a United States Marine Corps veteran, Six Sigma Green Belt, and a graduate from Wheeling Jesuit University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Leadership and Development.
Director of Strategic Projects, AMG Vanadium
Mr. David (Dave) Lewis is the Director of Strategic Projects at AMG Vanadium. Mr. Lewis was responsible for the design and construction of AMG Vanadium’s new Zanesville, Ohio facility, which became fully operational in 2022. His current role includes new project development as well as optimization of the Zanesville plant. Mr. Lewis has over 40 years of experience in the metallurgical and steel industry with vanadium, catalyst recycling, carbon steel and stainless-steel production, and operational leadership specifically with EAF, AOD and BOF furnaces. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Metallurgical & Materials Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in Engineering Management from Ohio University. Mr. Lewis is a member of the Association of Iron and Steel Technology and the Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center at the Colorado School of Mines. Additionally, he serves on the Muskingum University Physics and Engineering Advisory Council.
Corporate Affairs, AMG Vanadium
Having recently retired from full-time employment, Colleen Heacock has transitioned to a part-time consultative role leading the Company’s Corporate Affairs efforts, which includes public relations, community relations, and government affairs. Additionally, she continues in her role as Compliance Officer of AMG Vanadium and provides executive leadership consultation for AMG Aluminum N.A.
Active in the community, Mrs. Heacock serves on the Zane State College Board of Trustees and serves as Chair of the OhioHealth Southeastern Medical Center Advisory Council. She is a member of the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association Government Affairs Committee, Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center Business Advisory Council, OhioHealth Faith, Culture, and Community Benefit Committee, Society for Human Resource Management, and the Village of New Concord Planning Commission.
Prior to joining AMG Vanadium, Mrs. Heacock was employed with The Longaberger Company in a variety of executive leadership roles. She graduated from Muskingum University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communication.
Vice President Sales & Marketing, AMG Vanadium
Mr. Mark Anderson is the Vice President of Marketing and Sales. Mr. Anderson has over 10 years’ experience within the steel industry and vanadium. He participates on the Ohio Steel Council. Prior to joining AMG Vanadium, Mr. Anderson worked at Aristech Chemical Corporation where he held several positions including Plant Manager. Mr. Anderson has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University and a MBA from Ohio Dominican University.
Vice President of Human Resources
Ms. Meredith Cumbow is the Vice President of Human Resources (HR) for AMG Vanadium, where she leads the HR and organizational development (OD) functions at the Cambridge and Zanesville facilities. Ms. Cumbow joined AMG Vanadium in May 2021 as the Director of Organizational Development, where her primary focus was on talent management including leadership and employee training and development. Prior to that, Ms. Cumbow was with Plymouth Tube Company, SYGMA Network, and Thyssenkrupp Presta in HR/OD leadership roles. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Theatre and Drama from Indiana University and a Master of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from Indiana State University. She is a Society of Human Resources Management Senior Certified Professional and a Human Resource Certification Institute Senior Certified Professional. Ms. Cumbow currently serves as a board member of the Muskingum Valley Human Resource Management Association.